Wacky Wednesday

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A baffled youngster awakens one morning to find everything's out of place, but no one seems to notice! Beginning readers will have fun discovering all the wacky things wrong on each page while sharpening their ability to observe, as well as to read.  

Drawings and verse point out the many things that are wrong one wacky Wednesday.

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A baffled youngster awakens one morning to find everything's out of place, but no one seems to notice! Beginning readers will have fun discovering all the wacky things wrong on each page while sharpening their ability to observe, as well as to read.  

Drawings and verse point out the many things that are wrong one wacky Wednesday.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Now another generation of kids can enjoy the craziness that happens one Wednesday morning. Each scene shows more wacky things for kids to find and count. In the bathroom there are four—a boy showering with a sock on one foot, a fish in a bottle, an upside down faucet and best of all a palm tree growing out of the toilet. Each scene presents more wacky things until readers reach the number twelve, and then the tale leaps to twenty. At this point Patrolman McGann announces that after counting twenty items and then going to bed, Wacky Wednesday will soon be at an end. The story is of course amusing as are the illustrations. It should be plenty of fun for young kids to find out what is wrong in each of the scenes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394829128
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1974
  • Series: I Can Read It All By Myself Beginner Books Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 69,895
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.


Now that generations of readers have been reared on The Cat in the Hat and Fox in Socks, it's easy to forget how colorless most children's books were before Dr. Seuss reinvented the genre. When the editorial cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1936, the book was turned down by 27 publishers, many of whom said it was "too different." Geisel was about to burn his manuscript when it was rescued and published, under the pen name Dr. Seuss, by a college classmate.

Over the next two decades, Geisel concocted such delightfully loopy tales as The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and Horton Hears a Who. Most of his books earned excellent reviews, and three received Caldecott Honor Awards. But it was the 1957 publication of The Cat in the Hat that catapulted Geisel to celebrity.

Rudolf Flesch's book Why Johnny Can't Read, along with a related Life magazine article, had recently charged that children's primers were too pallid and bland to inspire an interest in reading. The Cat in the Hat, written with 220 words from a first-grade vocabulary list, "worked like a karate chop on the weary little world of Dick, Jane and Spot," as Ellen Goodman wrote in The Detroit Free Press. With its vivid illustrations, rhyming text and topsy-turvy plot, Geisel's book for beginning readers was anything but bland. It sold nearly a million copies within three years.

Geisel was named president of Beginner Books, a new venture of Random House, where he worked with writers and artists like P.D. Eastman, Michael Frith, Al Perkins, and Roy McKie, some of whom collaborated with him on book projects. For books he wrote but didn't illustrate, Geisel used the pen name Theo LeSieg (LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards).

As Dr. Seuss, he continued to write bestsellers. Some, like Green Eggs and Ham and the tongue-twisting Fox in Socks, were aimed at beginning readers. Others could be read by older children or read aloud by parents, who were often as captivated as their kids by Geisel's wit and imagination. Geisel's visual style appealed to television and film directors, too: The animator Chuck Jones, who had worked with Geisel on a series of Army training films, brought How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to life as a hugely popular animated TV special in 1966. A live-action movie starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch was released in 2000.

Many Dr. Seuss stories have serious undertones: The Butter Battle Book, for example, parodies the nuclear arms race. But whether he was teaching vocabulary words or values, Geisel never wrote plodding lesson books. All his stories are animated by a lively sense of visual and verbal play. At the time of his death in 1991, his books had sold more than 200 million copies. Bennett Cerf, Geisel's publisher, liked to say that of all the distinguished authors he had worked with, only one was a genius: Dr. Seuss.

Good To Know

The Cat in the Hat was written at the urging of editor William Spaulding, who insisted that a book for first-graders should have no more than 225 words. Later, Bennett Cerf bet Geisel $50 that he couldn't write a book with just 50 words. Geisel won the bet with Green Eggs and Ham, though to his recollection, Cerf never paid him the $50.

Geisel faced another challenge in 1974, when his friend Art Buchwald dared him to write a political book. Geisel picked up a copy of Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! and a pen, crossed out each mention of the name "Marvin K. Mooney," and replaced it with "Richard M. Nixon." Buchwald reprinted the results in his syndicated column. Nine days later, President Nixon announced his resignation.

The American Heritage Dictionary says the word "nerd" first appeared in print in the Dr. Seuss book If I Ran the Zoo: "And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo / And bring back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo / A Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!" The word "grinch," after the title character in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is defined in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary as a killjoy or spoilsport.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Theodor Seuss Geisel (full name); also: Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 2, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Springfield, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      September 4, 1991
    2. Place of Death:
      La Jolla, California

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I¿ve been a big fan of Dr. Seuss¿ books and characters for a lon

    I’ve been a big fan of Dr. Seuss’ books and characters for a long time. I did not grow up with these books (I did not grow up in an English speaking country), but ever since I was exposed to them I embraced with enthusiasm his zany and, yes, wacky sense of humor and appreciation for playful oddities. Now that I am a parent I have been buying his book with relish and enthusiasm, and exposing our little boy to them from the earliest age.

    “Wacky Wednesday” is perhaps one of Dr. Seuss’ most “challenging” and educational books. In addition to the playful and repetitive rhymes, the illustrations themselves pose a little challenge of discovering the discrepancies between what we would expect in the “normal” world, and what we instead encounter in these illustrations. This is indeed a fun and educational activity, but it may not be the most suitable for the very young readers. Our kid is still too young to appreciate even the text and illustrations in their own right, but we hope that by exposing him to Dr. Seuss from the earliest times he may grow to like him and his work as well. 

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Recommended! A great experience!

    My grandson loves this book! At 4½ years of age, he has definite how the world is organized. Wacky Wednesday gives him a chance to happens when the world goes crazy and things are not as they should be. As with most other Dr. Seuss books, this is just a great experience for kids.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    cool book !

    a shoe on the ceiling thats wierd.read alot of wacky things in book.see if you can point them out in the pictures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2010

    Very Highly Recommended!!

    This was my favorite book when I was a child!!!!! I had it memorized:)

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  • Posted April 21, 2010


    yay dr. suess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

    very funny child book

    It is soooooooooooo funny!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2009

    Childhood book

    Love reading it to my kids now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2009

    Great children's book

    For those children that like Dr Seuss, this is a great book. To see the look of happiness when they discover the differences in the pages of things that should not be there is wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2005

    one of my favorites as a kid

    This book reminds me of my best friend when we were little, I would spend the nite at her house and it would late at nite and we would read this book and just die laughing at all the things that were wrong and upside down! we just loved it! Even as we got older and into high school, we would pull out the book for fun and read it again!! Now we are pregnant at the same time and I can't wait to get this for her little girl and give it to her at her shower! I know her daughter will love it as much as we enjoyed it, it's a great fun book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2003

    OH MY GOD!!!

    this is the best book in the world. when i was a kid, i checked this book out of the library every week. im not even kidding. this book is awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2003


    My sons made me read this book to them every night, sometimes two or three times. But I didn't mind. I think I enjoyed it as much as they did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2001

    What's Wrong with This Picture?

    This book deserves more than five stars and is one of the best beginning readers ever created! Wacky Wednesday combines the interesting repetition of a beginning reader with a fun set of picture puzzles. The two features are wonderful together for encouraging careful observation (useful in life, as well as in word recognition). As a result of this brilliant book concept, Theodore Geisel (a k a Theo. Le Sieg -- Geisel backwards, and Dr. Seuss) have teamed up with New Yorker cartoonist, George Booth, to create a fun classic that will be enjoyed by parents and children for many generations to come. Imagine a day that begins when you look up in bed over your head, and see something funny: 'It all began with that shoe on the wall. A shoe on the wall . . . ? Shouldn't be there at all!' A child wakes up one morning to finds increasing numbers of unusual objects in rather odd places. Pretty soon, the objects even begin start to split apart. 'And I said, 'Oh, MAN!' And that's how Wacky Wednesday began.' The child looks out the window and sees a bunch of bananas growing in a normal tree and water running through a garden hose with a long section missing in it. Out in the hall, a candy cane holds up a part of a hall table, one door has two knobs, and a picture is upside down. In the bathroom, the child wears one sock while showering, there's a palm tree in the toilet, one faucet is upside down, and a fish is swimming happily in the shampoo bottle. In the bedroom while dressing, four things are wrong (including more misplaced shoes). In the kitchen, this grows to five. On the way to school, there are six. Later, down the street, there are seven. Outside the school are eight. In the classroom, there are nine. That's when cognitive dissonance sets in. The teacher says, 'Nothing is wacky here in my class! Get out! You're the wacky one! OUT!' Outside the school now, there are ten new wacky things. Down the street, eleven more . . . then another twelve. 'I ran and knocked over Patrolman McGann.' ''Don't be sorry,' he smiled. 'It's that kind of day. But be glad! Wacky Wednesday will soon go away!' 'Only twenty things more will be wacky.' 'Just find them and then you can go back to bed.' And with that, 'Wacky Wednesday was gone . . . and I even got rid of that shoe on the wall.' The pictures present lots of opportunities to help your child notice how things work. Water needs to go through something to come out the other end. You need a door at the end of steps to get into a house. Windows cannot stand by themselves in the middle of a lawn. People don't drive sitting in the back seat of a car. The beauty of this kind of picture juxtaposition is in the opportunity to have many conversations with your child to open up the beauty of how things fit together, and don't work so well when they don't fit. As for the beginning reader aspect, the book has many one syllable words that rhyme. This provides the maximum ease for decoding the letters and turning them into words. I put in the examples of the

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2000

    When I was a chid I loved this book

    This book was one of my favorite books as a child. It taught me how to find objects and I loved the story. It was a fun little book when I was a girl, my mom hated that book because she read it to me everyday for two years. When I went to kindergarten I pretented I read this book but I really just memorized it. It gave me childhood memories forever. This is one of the greatest book I have ever read please read it to your child it is one that I would like to say is a winner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2000


    i had wacky wednsday ever since i was litte during the years i lost it that`s why i`m here at barnes and nobles.com anyway it is the most funniest book and interesting.i laugh everytime i read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2000


    The book was really funny. When the boy woke up on Wednesday, everything he saw at home, outside, and at school was crazy. Things like a shoe on the wall, a worm chasing a bird, there were bananas hanging on the apple tree, a tree growing out of the toilet, a giraffe sticking out of a sewer hole, and there was a carriage with hundreds of babies in it. Many more crazy things happened before it was time to go to bed.

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    Posted December 23, 2010

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    Posted November 16, 2009

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